Having other groups advocate for a marine protected area in
Otago could only assist the Otago Conservation Board's quest
for protection of the region's marine biodiversity, chairman
Hoani Langsbury says.
A lack of co-ordination and communication between the
multiple agencies with an interest in Hawkesbury Lagoon,
north of Dunedin, and its surrounds is frustrating the
community group trying to restore the habitat.
Successfully uniting a community in an effort to
preserve and develop its nearby wetlands has resulted in the
Lake Waihola-Waipori Wetlands Society being nominated for the
Coastal Otago Conservation Award. Rebecca Fox talks to
president David Vollweiler and secretary Pauline Baker about
their work to save the wetlands, which are home to 21 species
that are totally reliant on the habitat for
Showing pupils how chemistry relates to real life
situations as well as building a picture of the health of
Otago Harbour has won the Healthy Harbour Watchers the
inaugural Otago Conservation Schools Award. Rebecca Fox talks
to project facilitator Andrew Innes.
A founder of prominent conservation organisations such as
the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and Save the Otago Peninsula,
Lala Frazer is this year's Coastal Otago Conservation Award
winner. Rebecca Fox talks to her about three decades of work
to conserve Otago's environment.
Having your first baby in the middle of an election campaign
is not the norm, but for Otago Regional councillor Gretchen
Robertson it could not have gone smoother, even if son Angus
arrived on a committee day.